Month: May 2016

Google Slides (10) – Presenting your slides

Updated – Voice type speaker notes You’ve made your presentation, now you want to present it. Here let’s look at how to present your slides and some of the tools which will help you give a better presentation. We’ll look at: Present mode Changing slides (arrows/click/slide selector) Laser pointer Full screen Print or Download presentation as a PDF / PPTX Presenter view – Speaker notes, slides selector, stopwatch Voice type speaker notes Presenting your slides Click on the “present” button at the top of the screen. This opens your slides in present mode. Navigating around your slides from the slides view To move to the next or previous slide, you can either press the left or right arrow keys or the up and down keys. To advance 1 slide, you can click your mouse. Alternatively, you can use the options bar below. Presentation options bar If you move the cursor to the bottom-left, a bar with some options will appear. The arrows on the left allow you to navigate from one slide to the next, either forward or backwards. The play button, plays the slides using any animations you may have set up in the slides. Clicking on “Slide 1” will bring up the list of slides, which can be useful if you want to jump to a specific slide. Next to the Presenter view, you have the laser pointer...

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Google Slides (9) – Lines, connectors, scribble

Google Slides has a whole host of different lines, connectors, etc, which you can edit in lots of ways. Here we’ll look at: Types of line Line Arrow Elbow connector Curved connector Curve Polyline Scribble Line weight, colour, dash Start & End line Adding lines to a diagram Here I have a simple diagram made with text boxes. I want to add some arrows to show that the Google Apps are all connected with Google Drive in the middle. Click on the “Line” icon on the toolbar. Then the crosshairs will appear instead of the cursor. If you hover near one of the text boxes, some dots will appear on the border, like the one here on the left. These are centre points and are there to help you attach lines in the right place. Click on one of the dots then drag the line to the other box. As you can see the other box then highlights the centre points, allowing you to attach it the line in the right place. I repeat the same for all 5 boxes. Now I want to change some of the line properties. First I select all 5 lines, holding down the shift key and clicking on each of the lines. This allows me to edit all 5 lines at the same time. On the toolbar, you’ll see the line edit options...

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Google Slides (8) – Inserting & editing shapes

Updated – Includes note on gradient fills Along with images, Slides allows you to insert a wide range of shapes and then edit them. This is one of the tools that makes Slides more than just a presentation package, (‘presentation’ as in standing up and presenting something). You can create a slide for a whole host of reasons. For example, a comic, a flyer, a process flow diagram, step-by-step guide, adventure story, game template, floor plan, etc. Adding shapes allows you to represent your ideas. So, here we’ll look at: Inserting shapes Filling a colour Duplicating Rotating Flipping Different types – Shapes, arrows, callouts Line colour, thickness, dash, type Inserting a shape To insert a shape click on the “Shape” icon on the toolbar. This will open a menu with a whole variety of shapes. They are in four categories: Shapes, Arrows, Callouts, and Equation. Here are the shapes available: Here I’m going to create a simple floor plan, which will show you some of the useful tools that can also be used with shapes, to enable you to create the visual you want. Here from the Shapes options, I’ve added a rectangle. Do this by clicking on the symbol in the menu, then clicking on the slide and dragging the shape to the size you want. Now I want to add a corner shape. I do the same as above. I want...

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Google Slides (7) – Working with images (part 2)

Following on from the first part on working with images, here we’ll cover: Inserting an image From your computer From a URL From Google Drive From a search Resizing an image Deleting a slide Inserting an image from your computer There are other ways to insert images onto your slides. Either click on “Image” on the toolbar and go to the “Insert” menu then click on “Image”.     This will open the “Insert image” dialogue box. Along the top you can see you have various options and it will depend on where you images are and what you want to do with them exactly. Let’s start with “Upload”. This allows you to upload an image from your computer straight into Slides. Click on the blue “Choose an image to upload”, then select the image from the directory on your computer. It’s also possible to drag the file from the directory into the middle of the Insert Image box, where it says “Drag an image here”, and the uploading will start automatically. Inserting an image from a URL If you have a URL for an image or have copied one from an image on a website (by right-clicking and selecting “Copy Image address” or something similar on Windows), then you can paste the link into Slides. From the Insert image dialogue, click on “By URL” then paste your link. Your...

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Google Slides (6) – Working with images (part 1)

Using images is probably one of the most common things you’ll do with Slides. Here we’ll look at how we get images into Slides and some basic editing that can be done. We’ll also touch on a couple of other functions, like duplicating and deleting your slides. There will be two parts (part two is here). In part 1 we’ll cover: Duplicating a slide Using Research to find images Centering an image Cropping an image Masking images Image options Duplicating a slide To start off, in Slides I’ve changed the background of a slide to black (see changing backgrounds) and now I want to make a few blank slides, where I’m going to add my images on to. Click on the slide in the Slides sorter on the left hand side, then press Ctrl+D (Cmd+D). This will duplicate the slide. Do this a few times to create a few blank slides. Using Research to find an image A great tool within Slides is Research, which allows you to search for things on Google while staying within Slides. I particularly like the fact you can quickly find images without having to leave the program. Go to Tools then Research. Then from the drop down menu, click on Images. Type in the search term and images will appear below, which you can scroll through. To add it to your slide, just click and drag...

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